Our Staff

Darren Hersh, Executive Director

Darren Hersh, Executive Director

Darren Hersh co-founded The Goalie Academy in 1996 after a successful hockey playing career that included an ECAC Championship and Playoff MVP Award with Bowdoin College in 1993 and a Central Hockey League Championship with Wichita Thunder in 1994. Hersh was the Goalie Coach for the Reading Royals, 2013 ECHL Kelly Cup Champions, from 2010-2014.  In the time Hersh was with the Royals, the team was affiliated with Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, & Washington Capitals.  With Reading, and with Johnstown Chiefs in 2009, Darren has been fortunate to have been able to work with several goalies who have spent time in the NHL, such as Philipp Grubauer, Ben Scrivens, Jussi Rynnas, Drew MacIntyre, Michael Hutchinson, and Daren Machesney. As the Director of The Goalie Academy, Hersh prides himself and his organization on their ability and track record of producing high level goalies from the ground up and from non-traditional hockey areas like Maryland, Virginia, and Central Pennsylvania.  Coach Hersh has helped develop from very young ages Dan Sullivan (University of Maine), Jay Williams (Miami of Ohio University), Nick Ellis (Providence College), Bruce Racine (Colgate), Dan Rivellini (Babson College), Stephen Morrissey (Wiliams College) and Michael Lackey (USNTDP & Harvard Univ), as well as top college prospects Kris Carlson (USHL/OHL/NAHL Draft Pick), Andrew Herrmann (Hobart), Garrett Forrest (OHL Draft Pick), and David Altman (Pomfret).  Some of the best future prep, junior, college, and pro goalie prospects are originating in Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania with The Goalie Academy. Among Coach Hersh’s other high level students have been Anthony Feyock (University of Rhode Island and CHL), Pudge Sillery (Union College and FHL), Michael Clemente (Brown University/Springfield AHL), and Freddie Bergman (University of Nebraska-Omaha, Pro Sweden).  He also works with the DC area’s best young and rising goalies, including the top AA and AAA goaltenders. Coach Hersh has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Bowdoin College (Brunswick, Maine) and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Penn State University.

Doug Michals, Director Goalie Academy of Boston

Doug Michals, Director Goalie Academy of Boston

Doug Michals, with Darren Hersh, founded the Goalie Academy after being released from the Johnstown Chiefs of the ECHL in 1994. Doug has been with The Goalie Academy since the first camp 15 years ago and now leads our program in the New England area as the Director of The Goalie Academy of Boston. Doug is also currently Director of Goaltending with TEAMS Training and he is the Head Middle School Coach at the Rivers Country Day School in Weston, MA.  In addition, he works with the varsity goalies at the Rivers School and Governors Academy. In 2004-2006, Michals served as Director of Goaltending for the Hershey Jr. Bears in Hershey, PA. Upon moving back to Boston, Doug was also the Goalie Coach for the Boston Jr. Bruins. Doug’s personal style of coaching allows him to teach players of all ages and abilities. Doug brings a lot of passion and energy when teaching the art of goaltending.

Zack Minsk, Head Instructor

Zack Minsk, Head Instructor

Zachary Minsk joins The Goalie Academy staff after graduating from Miami-Ohio University, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology and Health. At Miami-Ohio, Minsk majored in Sports Leadership and Management with a minor in History.

Prior to Miami-Ohio, Zack spent four years in prep school at Avon Old Farms (CT), where he played varsity hockey.

Minsk has worked with a number of current NHL goaltending coaches including Mitch Korn (Washington Capitals), Mike Buckely (Pittsburgh Penguins), and Ian Clark (Columbus Blue Jackets).

Before taking the full-time position at The GA, Zack resided in Boston, Massachusetts. 

Nick Thompson, Instructor

Nick Thompson, Instructor

A Virginia native, Nick Thompson grew up playing hockey with local clubs such as the Virginia Wild and the Ashburn Xtreme, leading the latter to a run at the USA Hockey U-16 AA National tournament. Thompson went on to attend Christopher Newport University, where he pursued a double major in economics and biology and played ACHA Men's D-III hockey with the CNU Captains. During his time with the Captains, Thompson was elected as the team's Vice-President, and lead the team both on and off the ice. Now graduated, Thompson lives in Ashburn, VA, and works with The Goalie Academy doing private lessons, team practices, and clinics.

Brett Hatfield, Instructor

Brett Hatfield, Instructor

Brett Hatfield joins The Goalie Academy staff after graduating and playing ACHA hockey for the University of Vermont Catamounts.  At UVM, Brett played all four years in net for the Catamounts and assumed leadership roles of both Vice President and President of the club in his junior and senior years respectively.

Hatfield graduated UVM with a B.S. in Biological Sciences.

Growing up in Northern Virginia, Brett played youth hockey for the Reston Raiders.  Hatfield went on to play junior hockey for the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Knights.

 

Tanner Jones Instructor

Tanner Jones Instructor

Tanner Jones joins The Goalie Academy staff after an outstanding college playing career with Virginia Tech and UMassBoston.

Jones is a graduate of The Goalie Academy system having trained with the GA since the age of 8 or 9.  Tanner played with the AA Ashburn Xtreme, then with AAA Tier 1 teams Reston Raiders, Virginia Statesmen and Washington Little Capitals.  Jones played junior hockey in the NA3HL with Quad City Flames.

From Quad City, Tanner was recruited to NCAA D-III UMassBoston and later transfered to VA Tech where he was captain of the team as a goalie.  Jones will graduate from VA Tech as perhaps the schools all time best goaltender.

Jones has coached at GA for the past several years in the summer and over school breaks and we are very happy to bring him on full time after graduation.

Welcome back, Biscuit!

 

Padraig Carey, Instructor

Padraig Carey, Instructor

Originally from New Jersey, Padraig grew up playing AAA hockey in the NJ/NY area.  Carey played junior hockey for the Jr Rangers and then played four years of ACHA college hockey at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he was also team/club President.

Padraig has been coaching for The Goalie Academy for several years now, beginning his stint at our annual Extreme Camp in Hershey, PA.

Padraig spearheads the GA goalie training for the Hershey Jr Bears organization, which he has done since the 2015-2016 season!  Padraig also coaches the goalies for the prestigious Hershey Quebec Pee Wee Team!

 

Sarah Bryant, Instructor

Sarah Bryant, Instructor

The Goalie Academy welcomes back Sarah Bryant!  Once a camper at our Elite Prospects Camps in both Hershey, Pa and Boston, MA, Sarah is now on The Goalie Academy coaching staff after a storied playing career that culminated at Providence College.  Currently on the roster of the NWHL, the women's professionla hockey league, (http://www.nwhl.zone/roster_players/14528000) Sarah assists the GA staff mostly at our weekend clinics at Reston and Piedmont.

We are extremely happy to have Sarah back with The GA!

Here is her biography from the Providence College Friars' website:

AT PROVIDENCE:2015-16 ... Played and started in seven games … Finished with a 5.70 goals against average and .851 save percentage … Finished her career fourth on the Friars’ all-time save list (1,564) … Earned the team’s Academic Award for the second year in a row with a 3.91 GPA 2014-15 ... Made nine appearances in net for the Friars, starting six games ... Finished the year with a 4.02 goals-against average and a .857 save percentage ... Played in 432:12 minutes, making a total of 174 saves ... Earned the team's Academic Award with a 3.74 GPA ... 2013-14 ... Made appearances in 32 games ... Finished the season with a 2.85 goals against average and a .884 save percentage ... In 1831:05 minutes of play, recorded an overall record of 11-20-0 ... Helped the Friars in a 3-2 win over 10th-ranked Mercyhurst with a career-high 47 saves ... It marked the first time a Providence goaltender collected a 40-plus save performance since March 4, 2012 ... Registered a total of 662 saves over the course of the season ... Was 2-6-0 against ranked opponents ... Made her first career post-season appearance in the Hockey East Quarterfinal game against Boston University (March 1), where she made 19 saves in the Friars' 3-2 loss ... Was a two-time Hockey East Weekly Top Performer (Oct. 14 and Nov. 24) ... 2012-13... Started 25 of the 26 games she played in ... Recorded a save percentage of .882 and a goals against average of 3.15... Had her first collegiate win in her first career start on Oct. 6 against BSU... Notched her first career shutout against Union in a 4-0 win while making 13 saves on Nov. 25... Had her second career shutout and first on the road while at UConn (2/1)... Had a career high 35 saves against then seventh ranked Boston University on Nov. 30... Was named Hockey East Rookie of the Week on Nov. 26 and Feb. 4... Was named Hockey East Co-Defensive Player of the Week on Jan. 14.

BEFORE PROVIDENCE: Graduated from Lawrenceville Academy ... Earned four varsity letters in ice hockey, two in lacrosse and two in soccer ... Led ice hockey to first place as a senior ... Three-time Star Ledger All-State selection ... Played club ice hockey for New Jersey Colonials, earning two district championships and two league championships ... Garnered National Merit Scholarship Commendation ... Magna Cum Laude student who received prestigious Lever F. Stewart and John H. Thompson Prizes at Lawrenceville

Brian Adamczak, Instructor

Brian Adamczak, Instructor

Hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Brian Adamczak comes to The Goalie Academy after graduating from Duquesne University in 2009, where he played on the school's ACHA hockey team.

An elementary school teacher, Brian is absolutely great with instructing kids!

The Goalie Academy is thrilled to have Brian on staff for camps and clinics.

Danielle Kimble, Instructor

Danielle Kimble, Instructor

Prior to playing NCAA D-I hockey with Union College in Schenectedy, New York, Danielle Kimble played for the Tier 1/AAA women's teams the perenial Southeast District powerhouse Washington Pride as well as the Albany Ice Cats.  Danielle started in goal for both teams at separate USA Hockey Nationals! Danielle also played varisity boys hockey at Langley High School in Fairfax, VA. Since graduating from Union, Kimble has earned a Master of Science degree in Biochem and Molecular Biology. Danielle developed through the ranks of The Goalie Academy and now works with The GA coaching at clinics throughout the year.

Andy Holmes, Instructor

Andy Holmes, Instructor

Andy has spent the past two seasons working as a scout at the Tier 1 Junior A level.  Andy's work in junior hockey touches every level and nearly every league in the U.S.  Andy is a Level 4 USA Hockey certified coach and is the President of Five Hole Hockey, an organization that he founded to help players pursue opportunities in junior hockey.  Prior to coaching and scouting, Andy played two seasons of New England D1 Prep hockey at Choate School.  After Choate, he went on to play 3 seasons of junior hockey in the BCHL, AWHL (now NAHL), MNJHL, and WSHL. After junior hockey, Andy enjoyed a stint in the UHL with the Quad City Mallards before earning a B.S. in Finance from Montana State University and a MBA from The Pennsylvania State University.  Andy resides in Central Pennsylvania with his wife and son.